The people of Glenwood Springs and the region have stepped up through the years to honor the 14 firefighters killed 20 years ago on Storm King Mountain.
After the tragedy, residents raised money to place a moving and still well-kept memorial statue honoring the fallen firefighters in Two Rivers Park.
The Storm King Memorial Trail was established to allow people to hike to the point where 14 white crosses mark the spot where each of the firefighters died.
A scholarship fund was started in memory of those who died.
This summer gives us another opportunity to respect their sacrifice and their families’ and colleagues’ loss. As Glenwood Springs and the South Canyon Fire Commemorative Committee prepare for a ceremony in Two Rivers Park on July 6, the Post Independent invites readers to help mark the occasion.
We invite essays remembering the incident, its impact on the community and on readers’ lives.
We will publish one a day in print in the week leading up to the commemoration and will publish more digitally. We ask that you work to keep your essay to no more than 750 words.
The impact of one of the nation’s worst-ever wildfire disasters was driven home again last week, when four survivors of the tragedy visited Glenwood Springs and Storm King Mountain to help train today’s firefighters. A private group, the survivors declined again to speak about the fire to a reporter, deferring to a Bureau of Land Management spokesman.
Please send your memories to me by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the 20th anniversary commemoration, including how to donate to the event through Alpine Bank, visit www.southcanyonfire.com.
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Randy Essex is editor of the Post Independent.